We love fitness so much two
of our staff are certified fitness specialists. Call to find out who.
The sunny Okanagan Valley in Southern British Columbia is a recreational
paradise offering breathtaking scenery, warm lakes, sandy beaches
and a pristine mountain setting - all of which combine to make it
truly Mother Nature's playground. An awesome environment for healing and getting back on track.
Kids make full use of the area's natural resources
as well as integrate into numerous community facilities. This offers
them opportunities to discover and pursue new interests and
create lifelong memories of exciting experiences. Venture Academy's
Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program offers youth beneficial and healthy
alternatives to existing behavioural patterns.
The sunny Okanagan summers combined with the sandy beaches and
warm waters of Lake Okanagan make Kelowna a haven for water
sports enthusiasts. Participants will enjoy many beach and water
activities while learning new skills that will inspire a lifetime
Frequent trips to the lake for a quick dip or a leisurely swim are
par for the course to offset the often sunny, hot conditions.
Extremely popular in the Okanagan, exciting water sports provide
a chance for students to experience the unique thrill of skimming
over the wide open lake surface.
Gotta try it at least once!
Stand Up Paddleboarding - SUP
An emerging global sport with a Hawaiian heritage SUP looks like standing up and paddling on what looks like a large surfboard. On the glistening, blue waters of Okanagan Lake or Lake Simcoe the art and skill of SUP will be just part of the memorable Venture
For those who heed the call of the wilderness, our whitewater rafting
excursions hearkens back to the pioneer adventures of old and offers
a ride not soon to be forgotten. Participants will be taken through
safety guidelines and instructed on whitewater etiquette. In addition
to storming through a frenzied maelstrom of river canyon.
Participants will taste the freedom of packing a lunch and setting
offshore in a canoe for a daytrip along the scenic shoreline. Orientation and safety instruction
take place before and during the outings.
The Inuit who used this extremely lightweight and maneuverable craft
to gain the advantage of speed when hunting prey first invented
kayaks. This native innovation has lasted the test of time and today
is used for sport and recreation. Youth will learn the
fine art and coordination of kayaking.
The local mountain fishing lakes are home to Lake Trout, Kokanee
and Dolly Varden and offer a peaceful and tranquil setting in which
to harvest or catch and release nature's abundance. There's nothing
like the calm silence of early morning and then the sound of a large trout
breaking the surface.
Back Country Adventures
Venture Academy accesses
local, regional and national parks and protected areas that offer
visitors some of the most spectacular trail systems and mind absorbing
scenery anywhere. Participants will enjoy environmental education
as well as frequent and entertaining exercises in team building
and initiative tasks.
A pinnacle of outdoor fitness, hiking presents one of the most physically
demanding pastimes going. Endurance, agility and perseverance are
tested through forests, across streams or across trail blazed mountain
peaks. Our staff provide direction, skill development
and encouragement to students to make this adventure a success.
Some preparation and conditioning is required. The effort is worth it.
From the Kettle Valley Railway to single-track canyon ridges our
staff and trail systems ensure many memorable rides. Lightweight
bikes and gear provide full maneuverability for traversing rugged
trail-ways or gliding down well-worn access trails: a thrill for
beginner or seasoned riders.
Venture Academy provides an introductory session including instruction
on belaying; anchoring and basic climbing techniques before venturing
forth to try newly acquired skills in the Canadian outback.
Our main athletic outlet in the winter is the ski hill. Big White
Ski Resort is the largest ski and snowboarding resort between
Whistler, B.C. and Banff, Alberta. With an annual snowfall of over
Big White is the perfect place to cruise through acres of glades
or challenge the bowls filled with the resort's famous champagne
powder. With over
100 runs, skiers and boarders alike will be whisked to the top
of the mountain to enjoy seemingly endless excitement in an Okanagan
Skiing & Snow Boarding
Groomed runs, moguls, glades, fresh powder or easy cuts; take your
pick. Venture Academy staff will guide you to the runs best suited
to your level of ability. Terrain parks, half pipes
or waist deep champagne powder proves a fantastic setting to learn
the sport or perform to your best ability. Professional ski and
snowboard lessons are available.
Cross Country Skiing
Hot chocolate and a warm fire is a priority after this rigorous
leg and upper body workout. No lift lines here - only miles of wilderness
trail networks to offer students the opportunity to experience guided
expeditions through Scrub Pine plateaus, across open snow-covered
plain, and into secluded lakes and ponds.
Trails that wind through forested hillsides
and across open meadows, and through pine and aspen forests that
are home to deer, coyote, fox, and elk. These trail networks are
perfect for beginners with their gentle slopes and easy access and
provide more challenging routes for the more experienced.